Visitors and interested locals alike are sure to enjoy combining a weekend of amateur mountain bike challenges with the glorious landscapes and countryside of Wales. There is something for all riders, regardless of age or ability, with the opportunity to meet like-minded fans and enthusiasts.
MTBMeetup, North Wales
This is a friendly and sociable event held over three days, with the chance to take part in organised rides, or just find your own way around the numerous trails. You can meet the Ride North Wales team and join them on an evening ride, followed by a hot buffet and drinks. Since its inception, this meetup has now become the home of the most prominent group ride in Britain.
British National Downhill Championships, Merthyr Tydfil
For those riders who prefer something a little more challenging, there is the opportunity to participate in the National Downhill Championships, with cash prizes on offer for both male and female elite riders. There are also junior, senior and veteran events, covering riders of all ages. This event is round one of the series before it moves on to Scotland and Shropshire.
This is a new event for 2019 and is described as an epic, cross country mountain biking challenge, taking six days to cover 550 kilometres. The course ascends to almost 13000 metres in North Wales and passes through Snowdonia National Park. It is suggested that only those with experience should attempt this challenge, and there are expected to be 500 participants. It also includes shorter, timed sprint races, to test you to the limit.
Wales is undoubtedly fast becoming one of the most renowned locations for mountain bike challenges, with its undulating terrain and hills and forests. Enjoying a weekend here allows you to sample genuine Welsh hospitality and local food and drink specialities, when not in the saddle.